Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Live at North Carolina Museum of Art Ampitheatre on 2011-06-04
June 13, 2012
Amazing venue, amazing show!
I have seen over 15 Flecktones shows, and this one is probably my favorite! The combination of the incredible venue and the original lineup just made for a fantastic experience. Everything felt so organic and fit just right.
The NC Museum of Art amphitheatre is set at the bottom of a grassy hill with a lightly wooded area on stage left. The stage has some sculptures/artwork in the backdrop, and giant sculptures behind the stage in the distance. Trees line the back of the amphitheatre as well.
The sound on this recording is near perfect for an audience recording. Most of the crowd was older and sitting down, so audience chatter is almost nonexistent. The beer tent was also at the top of the hill, as far away as possible from the music, which certainly kept noise down as well.
The setlist is amazing. With Howard back, the Flecktones delved into some of their older catalog, and songs like Sex in a Pan, Big Country, and Sunset Road were perfect. Big Country is one of my all-time favorite Flecktones songs, and it was beautiful in such a natural setting. Sunset Road was well-placed, as it had just finished getting dark when it was played. And who wouldn't want a Sinister Minister encore? Lots of the older crowd was leaving before the encore, so the pit in front of the stage became a dance floor for Vic's mind-bending solo.
Thanks so much for taping and sharing this gem of a show! It is truly appreciated.